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With independence, sustainability and savings up for grabs, it is no wonder more and more people are turning to solar energy to power their homes. If you’re pondering the switch to off-grid living, here are a few photos that just may inspire you to take that leap.



Via Modernize

  1. Working the sun from every angle, this house features multi-directional panels to harness the sun’s power from dawn to dusk.



Modern Exterior by Mill Valley Architects & Building Designers Mahoney Architects & Interiors

  1. This California home has it all with traditional solar panels as well as photovoltaic panels. Covering the vast majority of their roof, these homeowners won’t have to consume a single watt from the grid.



Rustic Exterior by Seattle Architects & Building Designers Alexandra Immel Residential Design LLC

  1. Nestled in the mountains of Washington, this home’s flat, slanted roof style is perfectly suited for solar panels. With electric independence, a stunning wrap-around porch and breathtaking views, what more could you ask for?


Via Modernize

  1. Forget off grid, there’s simply no grid at all in this area. As society boards the solar train, we may start seeing more and more entire communities boasting self-sustainable energy.



Traditional Exterior by Philadelphia General Contractors Global Home Improvement

  1. When appearance is a primary concern, the thin-film solar option produces a streamlined look for outstanding aesthetics, while not sacrificing its functionality.


Farmhouse Exterior by Sharon Architects & Building Designers Rafe Churchill: Traditional Houses

  1. Driving by this home, you might not even notice the bonus feature it holds. This shiny metal roof camouflages its solar panels for a home that’s both off grid and undercover.

Contemporary Exterior by Halifax Architects & Building Designers Solterre Design

  1. By using both passive and active solar energy and thermal panels, this house in Nova Scotia is completely off grid. If you look closely, you’ll see a section of its roof is covered in grass for maximum efficiency.


Rustic Exterior by Carbondale Architects & Building Designers Green Line Architects

  1. Vaguely reminiscent of an old school house, this home displays an alternative to roof-based solar systems. Slanted to a similar degree, these panels mimic roof angles but are freestanding in the surrounding yard.

Via Modernize

  1. The farm-style house in this photo is living off the land in more ways than one. With an oversized solar panel, this home produces enough energy to supply all its needs.


Farmhouse Exterior by Minneapolis Architects & Building Designers Albertsson Hansen Architecture, Ltd

  1. Tucked away in the heart of nature, this quaint home is powered by the solar panels atop the nearby barn. Set at varying degrees, the system takes full advantage of the sun’s rays throughout the day.

About The Author

Written by Tim Smith
Tim Smith is a former contractor who is interested in energy efficiency and home automation. Tim is a DIY junkie on the weekends.